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Which NBA teams are Googled the most? Lakers and Heat. Duh.


Over at Nate Silver’s 538 blog — I’m no Paul Krugman, I love it — they went into Google trends and looked up which teams have been searched the most on the world’s largest search engine over the last decade.

The results? Pretty much what you’d expect.


This is not a surprise, maybe only how much the Lakers lead by. However, for most of the last decade the Lakers have been a powerhouse team. The 538 story notes if you just use this year’s data the down Lakers fall way behind the Heat.

The NBA remains a star driven league for most fans, especially the more casual ones. They want to see Kobe Bryant and LeBron James right now. It’s not shocking. If those stars are in a large market and the team does well, the popularity goes up exponentially. This all just really verifies what we already knew about the league.

Hat tip to Lang at’s All Ball blog, who I’m sure is Googled more than any other NBA journalist.

Dwight Howard crushes Kristaps Porzingis with dunk (video)

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Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.

Marc Gasol heads ball into basket after drawing foul (video)

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This was not Marc Gasol‘s first attempt to head in the ball after a whistle, but this time, he converted.

Here was his January try:


James Harden’s defense: Stop and point while opponent flies to rim (video)


As Rockets general manager Daryl Morey once noted, cherry-picking James Harden‘s worst defensive plays to create a video is unfair. Many players would look awful by that measure.

But Harden provides serious ammo for these worst-of videos.

This non-attempt to stop Lance Thomas is just brutal.

At least Houston buckled down to beat the Knicks, 116-111 in overtime. The Rockets have climbed to 26th in points allowed per possession.

Jerry Colangelo says Kobe Bryant could still make 2016 U.S. Olympic team

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So, Kobe Bryant‘s NBA career is officially going to come to an end after the 2015-16 season. That part he announced on Sunday.

What’s still up in the air is Bryant’s participation in one last Olympics. Bryant has been in consideration to make Team USA this summer at the games in Rio de Janeiro, and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo tells’s Marc Stein that he hasn’t ruled that out yet:

Kobe was asked about this at his post-game press conference Sunday and said it was not a goal, but if it was offered he’d consider it.

“I’d be honored if that was there, it would be fantastic to be around that group and spend kind of the last journey with them,” Bryant said. “That being said, it’s not something that I’m obsessing over.”

‘When Bryant made it known that he wanted to play in Rio, he made it clear to Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski that he wanted to earn a spot, not be given one as a lifetime achievement award. Watching him so far this season, it’s almost impossible to imagine him making the roster on merit.

But nobody should begrudge him if he wanted to extend the farewell tour just a little bit longer.